Getting Around

Whether you prefer public transport, driving, cycling, or walking, it’s easy to get around Canberra. You’ll love the range of experiences on offer and they’re all closer than you think.

Games Transport

The Games transport option can be selected when registering at a cost of $55 per person, covering transport costs for the entire period of the Games, including airport transfers.

Transport is provided to and from all sports and social event venues.

The pick-up and drop off points for transport are at these designated Games Hotels:

  • Carotel Motel
  • Alivio Tourist Park
  • Mantra on Northbourne
  • The Pavilion on Northbourne
  • Abode Hotel

Games transport includes airport transfers on the following days:

  • Arrivals on Tuesday October 1 – from Canberra Airport to the designated Games Hotel pick-up/drop off points.
  • Departures on Sunday October 6 and Monday October 7 – from the designated Games Hotels pick-up/drop off points to Canberra Airport.

Registrants who have selected the Games transport option on their registration, will be asked soon after close of Registration to provide details of their transport requirements including flight and departure details.

Airport Transfers

Transport Canberra provides daily services to and from Canberra Airport. Rapid Bus 3 runs on a half-hourly schedule on weekdays and on the hour on weekends. The route takes passengers between the Canberra Airport terminal through to the city interchange, Belconnen interchange, Cohen St interchange to Spence Terminus.


To catch a taxi in Canberra, use a taxi rank where the clearly marked cars are parked and ready for dispatch. You can also phone ahead or book online.

Canberra taxi companies include:

  • ACT Cabs: Phone 02 6280 0077 or book online.
  • Canberra Elite: Phone 6126 1600 or SMS your name, pickup address and time to be collected to 0481 072 700. Book, track and prepay online.
  • Silver Service: Phone 13 31 00 or book online. This premium service features luxury sedans and seven seater vans, accredited silver standards, and guaranteed delivery times with travel bookings. 
  • Wheelchair accessible taxis must be booked ahead. Phone 13WATS (139 287), email or book online.
  • Canberra taxis and cabs accept payment by credit cards, Cabcharge vouchers, cash and electronic funds transfer.

Buses & Light Rail

For cost-effective and easy public transportation throughout the city, it’s hard to go past Canberra’s public buses and light rail. Visit Transport Canberra to find out more information about public transport.

Transport Canberra operates the public bus and light rail network, a convenient and cheap way for visitors to get around the capital. Use the journey planner to find out just how easy it is to get around Canberra.

Transport Canberra’s fleet includes easy access (i.e. no step) buses for people with reduced mobility, and these are used on the high frequency routes known as Rapid services. Select Rapid services also have specially designed carry racks making it convenient to commute or cover longer distances when cycling by taking your bike on a bus. You can also take your bike on the light rail.

Light rail services operate between Gungahlin and the city up to every 5 to 15 minutes from 6am to 11pm daily, with late-night services on Friday and Saturday evenings until 12:30am. 

The light rail provides easy access to the foodie and shopping precinct Braddon, as well as Asian eat streets in Dickson. Swap from light rail to bus at key hubs in Gungahlin, Dickson and the city. 

Go to the Transport Canberra site for more information